The Seven Deadly Sins (manga)

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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nanatsu no Taizai Volume 1.png
First volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, released in Japan by Kodansha on February 15, 2013.
七つの大罪
(Nanatsu no Taizai)
GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
Manga
Written byNakaba Suzuki
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runOctober 10, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Manga
The Seven Deadly Sins Academy
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original runAugust 9, 2014 – ongoing
Anime television series
Directed byTensai Okamura
Written byShōtarō Suga
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
StudioA-1 Pictures
NetworkJNN (MBS)
Original runOctober 5, 2014 – ongoing
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nanatsu no Taizai Volume 1.png
First volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, released in Japan by Kodansha on February 15, 2013.
七つの大罪
(Nanatsu no Taizai)
GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
Manga
Written byNakaba Suzuki
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runOctober 10, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Manga
The Seven Deadly Sins Academy
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original runAugust 9, 2014 – ongoing
Anime television series
Directed byTensai Okamura
Written byShōtarō Suga
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
StudioA-1 Pictures
NetworkJNN (MBS)
Original runOctober 5, 2014 – ongoing
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

The Seven Deadly Sins (Japanese: 七つの大罪 Hepburn: Nanatsu no Taizai?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes as of December 17, 2014. The manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.

As of January 2015, The Seven Deadly Sins had sold over 10 million copies. It is currently being adapted into a television anime by A-1 Pictures that debuted on October 5, 2014. The manga has been licensed by Kodansha Comics USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan.

Plot[edit]

The Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of knights in the region of Britannia (ブリタニア Buritania?), who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Liones Kingdom (リオネス王国 Rionesu Ōkoku?). Their supposed defeat came at the hands of the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that they were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup d'état and captured the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. The third princess, Elizabeth, then starts out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.

Characters[edit]

Meliodas (メリオダス Meriodasu?)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
The leader of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Sin of Wrath with the symbol of the Dragon. He is the main protagonist and owner of the Boar Hat (豚の帽子亭?) bar. Despite having the appearance of a child, Meliodas is actually a lot older and very powerful. His most distinctive trait is his Dragon symbol carved at the top of his arm, just below his shoulders. He has demon blood flowing in his veins. He is very perverted when it comes to Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Liones (エリザベス・リオネス Erizabesu Rionesu?)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya
The Third Princess of the Kingdom of Lyonesse who, along with Meliodas, is searching for the Seven Deadly Sins in order to fight against the Holy Knights. She is a main protagonist and becomes a waitress at the Boar Hat bar when she begins traveling with Meliodas. During her adventures with the Seven Deadly Sin captain, she starts to develop feelings for Meliodas and pointed out by Gowther, is in love with Meliodas, much to her embarrassment.
Hawk (ホーク Hōku?)
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno
A talking pig and Meliodas's companion. He is introduced as the cleaner of the Boar Hat bar who helps clean the disgusting food scraps. He often scolds Meliodas for his perverted ways.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki, The Seven Deadly Sins began as a one-shot pilot chapter published on November 22, 2011 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine's 52 issue of the year.[1] The manga started serialization in the magazine's 45 issue of 2012, released on October 10, 2012. The chapters have been collected into 12 tankōbon volumes as of December 17, 2014.[2] As of chapter 100, the first of three planned story arcs has completed and Suzuki has projected the series will run for 20 to 30 volumes.[3]

A special issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published on October 19, 2013, featured a small crossover between The Seven Deadly Sins and Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail, where each artist drew a yonkoma (four-panel comic) of the other's series.[4] An actual crossover chapter between the two ran in the magazine's combined 4/5 issue of 2014, which was released on December 25, 2013.[5] A comedic spinoff series titled The Seven Deadly Sins Academy (七つの大罪学園 Nanatsu no Taizai Gakuen?) launched in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine's September issue on August 9, 2014.[6] Nakaba himself wrote a one-shot for the November 2014 issue of the shōjo manga magazine Nakayoshi, released on October 3, 2014.[7] He also created a comedic one-shot depicting how Meliodas and Hawk first met that ran in the October 20, 2014 issue of Magazine Special.[8]

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Kodansha Comics USA, who published the first volume on March 11, 2014.[9][10] As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries.[11][12]

Anime[edit]

In April 2014, the 20th issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced that The Seven Deadly Sins was being adapted into a television anime.[13][14] The series debuted on MBS and other Japan News Network stations on October 5, 2014 at 5:00pm.[15][16] The staff was revealed in the combined 36/37 issue of the year; created by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tensai Okamura, written by Shōtarō Suga (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne), with Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist) providing character designs and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music.[17] The show's first opening theme song is performed by Ikimono-gakari and the second by Man with a Mission, while the first ending theme is a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo and the second is the major label debut of Alisa Takigawa.[18][19]

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Seven Deadly Sins"
"Nanatsu no Taizai" (七つの大罪) 
October 5, 2014
The third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, Elizabeth, finds Meliodas, who is the owner of the Boar Hat bar and is also one of the Seven Deadly Sins. With her identity exposed, she is pursued by Twigo whom Meliodas quickly defeats. The princess joins him on his journey to find the other Deadly Sins in order to defeat the Holy Knights, who have orchestrated a coup d'état and have overthrown the king. 
2"Sword of The Holy Knight"
"Seikishi no Ken" (聖騎士の剣) 
October 12, 2014
Gilthunder plants his sword in the center of the town of Bernia, thus preventing the village from making the Bernia ale, which was their primary source of income. After innumerable unsuccessful attempts of the villagers to remove the sword with which the source was blocked, Meliodas easily removes the object. A celebration is held at the Boar Hat, and Meliodas was hailed as a savior by Bernia's villagers. Gilthunder, wanting to confirm whether the removal of his sword was an accident, threw a spear imbued with his power toward the town. Meliodas, however, easily stops and throws the spear back, destroying Fort Solgales. 
3"The Sin of the Sleeping Forest"
"Nemureru Mori no Tsumi" (眠れる森の罪) 
October 19, 2014
Meliodas, Hawk and Elizabeth travel to the Forest of White Dreams that even Holy Knights avoid. There, the Prankster Imps that inhabit the Forest of White Dreams attempt to confuse them by impersonating Hawk and Elizabeth in order to lead them away. After defeating them, they follow them and find the Serpent's Sin of Envy, Diane sleeping in the forest. Gilthunder suddenly arrives and binds all of them with his lightning magic. Meliodas battles Gilthunder, purposely allows the Holy Knight to slash him, and under the pretense of dying due to the grave wound, acquires information about the whereabouts of two members of the Seven Deadly Sins, King and Ban, as his apparent last wish. 
4"A Young Girl's Dream"
"Shoujo no Yume" (少女の夢) 
October 26, 2014
Having discovered the whereabouts of Ban and King, Diane throws Gilthunder out of the forest, and Meliodas, Hawk and Elizabeth, now joined by Diane, head toward the Baste Dungeon, where Ban is imprisoned. They later arrive at Dalmary Town where Meliodas is treated by Dana. Diane and Elizabeth begin to argue and discuss about the aspects in which they envy each other. They are suddenly attacked by the Holy Knight Friesia, who tries to destroy the entire town along with the Deadly Sins, but Diane quickly destroys all of her insects. Concurrently, Ban escapes from his cell in the Baste Dungeon, and is stopped by Jericho, who tries to subdue him. Dana unexpectedly reveals that the medicine Meliodas drank was a deadly poison as Golgius appears out of the blue. 
5"Even If You Were To Die"
"Tatoe Anata ga Shindemo" (たとえあなたが死んでも) 
November 2, 2014
6"Ballad of the Beginning"
"Hajimari no Shi" (はじまりの詩) 
November 9, 2014
7"Touching Reunion"
"Kandō no Saikai" (感動の再会) 
November 16, 2014
8"Dreadful Pursuer"
"Osorubeki Tsuiseki-sha" (恐るべき追跡者) 
November 23, 2014
9"Dark Pulse"
"Ankoku no Myakudō" (暗黒の脈動) 
November 30, 2014
10"Byzel Fight Festival"
"Baizeru Kenka Matsuri" (バイゼル喧嘩祭り) 
December 7, 2014
11"A Long-Standing Feeling"
"Sekinen no Omoi" (積年の想い) 
December 14, 2014
12"Terrifying Cannon"
"Senritsu no Kanon" (戦慄のカノン) 
December 21, 2014
13"Apostle of Destruction"
"Hakai no Shito" (破壊の使徒) 
January 11, 2015
14"The Reader"
"Honwoyomu Hito" (本を読むひと) 
January 18, 2015
15"Unholy Knight"
"Anhōryi Naito" (アンホーリィ・ナイト) 
January 25, 2015
16 February 1, 2015

Other media[edit]

On July 25, 2014, it was revealed that two novels based on The Seven Deadly Sins will be published. The two are tentatively titled Fate's Seven-day Period (宿命の七日間 Shukumei no Nanoka-kan?) and The Kingdom of the Olden Days: The Oath of Seven (昔日の王都 七つの誓い Sekijitsu no Ōmiyako, Nanatsu no Chikai?).[16]

A video game titled Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (七つの大罪真実の冤罪 Nanatsu no Taizai Shinjitsu no Enzai?) was development by Bandai Namco Games and will be released for the Nintendo 3DS on February 11, 2015.[18]

Reception[edit]

As of August 2014, the collected volumes of The Seven Deadly Sins had 5 million copies in circulation.[18] By January 2015, this number had grown to 10 million sold.[20] The first collected volume of the series sold 38,581 copies in its first week, ranking number 13 on the Oricon manga chart.[21] Its second volume ranked 5 selling 106,829 in its first week,[22] while its third debuted at number 4 with 135,164 copies.[23] The twelfth volume had the manga's best debut week to date, selling 307,374 for second place on the chart,[24] although volume nine reached number one its first week, it sold less.[25] The Seven Deadly Sins was the ninth best-selling manga series of 2014, with over 4.6 million copies sold that year.[26] The 2014 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, which surveys people in the manga and publishing industry, named The Seven Deadly Sins the fifth best manga series for male readers.[27] The title was also nominated for the 2014 Manga Taishō award.[28]

The North American releases of volumes two and four charted on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list at number seven and nine respectively.[29][30] Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the first volume a B grade, calling the art interesting and the story a "neat take on the basic knights-in-shining-armor." She saw influence from Akira Toriyama in Meliodas, and 1970s shōjo manga in the female characters. However, Silverman felt the art had issues with perspective and commented that Elizabeth lacked character development.[31] Both Silverman and Danica Davidson of Otaku USA warned that Meliodas' perverted actions towards Elizabeth, which are used for comedic relief, could be misinterpreted by some readers.[32] In a brief review, Jason Thompson claimed that the series follows common shōnen manga elements, making its plot twists and dialog predictable. He did however like the art and the series' European setting.[33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 七つの大罪 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  3. ^ "The Seven Deadly Sins Manga's 1st of 3 Planned Arcs Ends". Anime News Network. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "鈴木央が「FAIRY TAIL」、真島ヒロが「七つの大罪」を執筆" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
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  6. ^ "The Seven Deadly Sins Gets School Comedy Manga Spinoff". Anime News Network. 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ "The Seven Deadly Sins Gets One-Shot in Nakayoshi Magazine For Girls". Anime News Network. 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  8. ^ "The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Gets Comedy 1-Shot Story". Anime News Network. 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
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  15. ^ アニメ「七つの大罪」10月より日5枠で放送 (in Japanese). Natalie. 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
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  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 17-23". Anime News Network. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
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